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Australian Mining Billionaire Touts A Green Revolution In U.S. Coal Country — With Skepticism Trailing Close Behind

The title of this post, is the same as this article on Forbes.

It is a definite must-read about Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, making one of the most difficult hydrogen pitches in the world, to coal miners in West Virginia.

Perhaps we need Mr Forrest to convince the RMT, that their views are wrong and so nineteenth century.

June 22, 2022 Posted by | Hydrogen, Energy | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aussie Billionaire Aims To Mine $8bn US Fund For Coal-To-Hydrogen Industrial Conversion

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Recharge.

These are the first two paragraphs.

Twiggy Forrest-owned Fortescue’s project to tap renewable energy on Washington state grid – where surplus hydroelectric power usually exported to Canada and western seaboard – for clean hydrogen production at Centralia site.

Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), owned by Australian billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, is planning to convert a former coal mine in US state of Washington into a green hydrogen production facility, using funds it hopes to win from the federal government’s $8bn H2 hub fund, the company said on Friday.

These are some other points about FFI’s plans.

  • A former coal mine will be converted into a green hydrogen production facility.
  • The facility will be located at Industrial Park at TransAlta.
  • It will use 300 MW of renewable electricity.
  • Production of green hydrogen will be 110 tonnes per day or 40,000 tonnes per year.

Hopefully, they will have Federal Funds to support the development.

The article also details other hydrogen developments in the United States, with hydrogen hubs earmarked for New England, Midwest, West Virginia and Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

It certainly looks that the United States is getting serious about hydrogen.

May 17, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks And H2 Infrastructure Could Benefit From New Legislation

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

Politicians from both main parties in the United States are promoting a Hydrogen for Trucks Act, to support the conversion of domestic trucking from diesel to hydrogen.

These are the three main parts of the Act

  • Provide incentives for adopting hydrogen fuel cell trucks by covering the difference in cost between them and conventional diesel-powered vehicles.
  • Encourage tandem fueling station and vehicle deployment, to ensure that one doesn’t need to exist before the other is in place, solidifying the overall fueling infrastructure.
  • Collect data and establish benchmarks for various forms of fleet operation, helping to accelerate deployment by incentivizing private investment.

We could do with an Act like this in the UK.

But whereas the United States would start with hydrogen for trucks, we would probably start with hydrogen for buses.

March 25, 2022 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Driver Hospitalized After Brightline Train Hits Pickup Truck In Hallandale Beach

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on 850 WFTL.

The driver certainly didn’t have a full load in the front of his pickup.

This paragraph describes the incident.

Dashcam video provided by Brightline captured the moment the driver of the silver pickup drove around the gate arm and onto the track a split second before impact. The arm was down when the collision happened.

Perhaps, the driver was trying to get a Darwin Award.

March 20, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Wind Turbines On A Train

I was searching for something else and found this video.

I wonder, if wee’ll ever see wind-turbine blades transferred by rail in the UK!

Probably not, as our railway gauge is too small.

February 22, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , | 2 Comments

The Big Beast In Your Electric Bus

This article on electrive.com is entitled BAE Systems Takes Orders For 340 Hybrid Drive Systems.

This is the first paragraph.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has selected BAE Systems to supply up to 340 hybrid electric drive systems for its new fleet of low emission transit buses. BAE Systems will provide 220 electric drive systems to New Flyer of America, with an option for 120 additional systems, over the next three years.

The article also reveals that the company is working with AlexanderDennis.

The system appears to be hydrbid, with a lot of intelligent choosing of when to use a polluting engine.

February 21, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Wabtec’s 100% Electric Locomotive Trickle Suddenly Becomes International Flood

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Clean Technica.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Whelp, that was fast. The locomotive manufacturer Wabtec lit up the Intertubes last November when it debuted the new FLXdrive 100% electric locomotive in Pennsylvania, but that was just the beginning. The company has nailed down two clients in Australia for its carbon-free choo-choo while also locking in a spot on the new Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking, which aims to green up railway systems throughout Europe.

It certainly has been quick.

Usually, only in times of war, do things go that fast.

But you could argue that climate change is as big a threat to the world than China, Iran, North Korea or Russia.

January 18, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Two-Hour Energy Storage Offers Better Value As UK Frequency Response Market Saturating, Investor Gresham House Says

The title of this post, is the same as this article on Energy Storage News.

I would agree with what Gresham House says and it is my view that we need a lot more energy storage.

I like the system that Highview Power are building at Carrington near Manchester.

  • It has an output of 50 MW.
  • It has a capacity of 250 MWh.

This means it can supply 50 MW for five hours.

As they have sold other systems to Chile, Spain and the United States, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of their systems sold in the UK.

January 12, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , , | Leave a comment

1,000 Children Shot in A Year As US Gun Violence Soars

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Times.

This is the first paragraph.

More than a thousand children under 12 have been killed or injured by gunfire in the United States this year.

In addition, 4,552 youths aged 12 to 17 were killed and injured.

No comment from me, can do justice to these figures.

 

December 31, 2021 Posted by | World | , , | 2 Comments

Hydrogen Freight Locomotive Demonstration Planned

The title of this post, is the same as that, of this article on Railway Gazette.

The first two paragraphs explain the project.

Progress Rail, BNSF and Chevron have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a fuel cell demonstrator locomotive to assess the viability of using hydrogen as an alternative to diesel for main line freight operations.

Progress Rail plans to design and build a prototype fuel cell locomotive, with Chevron developing the hydrogen fuelling infrastructure. BNSF would then operate the locomotive for a period of time.

It can’t be long before we start to see large-scale hydrogen locomotive projects in the UK and Europe.

December 16, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment